Easy cherry jam served with fresh bread

Easy cherry jam

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  • Easy
  • Makes 4 x 150g jars

Celebrate cherries with this homemade cherry jam. Perfect in cakes or slathered over fresh bread, it also makes a lovely gift for family and friends

  • Easily doubled
  • Easily halved
  • Gluten-free
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
Nutrition: Per tbsp
HighlightNutrientUnit
kcal39
low infat0g
saturates0g
carbs9g
sugars9g
fibre0.2g
protein0.1g
salt0g
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Ingredients

  • 2kg cherries , pitted, ½ roughly chopped, ½ halved
  • 1.2kg jam or preserving sugar (with added pectin)
  • 2 lemons , juiced

Method

  • STEP 1

    Put two saucers in the freezer for testing the jam later on. Tip the cherries, sugar and lemon juice into a large, heavy-based saucepan and simmer uncovered over a medium-high heat for 35-50 mins, stirring frequently until thick and glossy. 

  • STEP 2

    After 35 mins, spoon a little of the jam onto one of the chilled saucers. Leave for 1 min, press a fingertip into the jam. If it starts the wrinkle, it’s ready. If it slides away, continue to boil the jam for 10 mins, then test again on the other saucer. 

  • STEP 3

    Spoon the jam into sterilised jars and seal. Will keep for six months unopened (when stored in a dark, cool place), or opened in the fridge for three months.

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